Akşener is back as Good Party’s leader after a brief hiatus

Meral Akşener, who announced on July 22 that she would be stepping down as the leader of Turkey’s Good Party, changed her decision on Saturday after her supporters’ demonstrations, Yeniçağ newspaper reported.

“I thank you all. I am in charge of my party,” Akşener told her supporters who gathered in front of her house in Istanbul, carrying placards reading “Our candidate is Akşener” and “Stay as our leader, stay with us”.

Koray Aydın, a deputy who is rumoured to lead the opposition in the party against Akşener, posted a tweet on Saturday reading, “Our leader Meral Akşener announced the good news that she will attend our executive board meeting at party headquarters on Monday, July 30, at 15:00 and elated millions”.

On July 22, Akşener rushed out of a meeting with senior members of her party due to severe criticisms against her and later announced that she would step down. The Good Party on Monday announced that it will convene an extraordinary congress in August to elect its new leader. 

Founded in late 2017 by former members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who resigned from the MHP as a reaction to MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli’s alliance with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Good Party  received 10 percent of the votes in parliamentary elections, while Akşener as the presidential candidate garnered 7.3 percent of the votes at the polls.

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